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Dashboard Quickstart


Depending on whether you are opening Rill Developer or logging into Rill Cloud, you will either the default "Getting started" landing page or a list of all projects available to your user. For the purposes of this article, we will assume that your project has already been deployed to Rill Cloud and that you are looking to consume your dashboards in a production capacity.

After logging into Rill Cloud, you should see all projects within your organization that is available and/or has been granted permissions to your user profile. Within each project, you'll then be able to access the corresponding individual dashboards that belong to a particular Rill project.

Rill Cloud landing page

This quickstart will call out the basic navigation and default key features that are available within each dashboard. The rest of the Explore section will cover some of the more advanced capabilities that are possible with using dashboards on Rill Cloud.

Getting Started


The main screen of any Rill dashboard (referred to as Explore) is laid out with all metrics available in the underlying model on the left-hand side, broken out with summary numbers (e.g. BigNum) and timeseries visualizations (based on your configured timeseries column in your dashboard YAML), and all dimensions available in the underlying model on the right-hand side via leaderboard / toplist charts. You can add or remove any metric and dimension from the page by simply selecting them from the dropdown above the charts (see #1). You can also drill into leaderboards further (see #2) to see all corresponding metrics for a specific dimension. Within that drilldown, you can also then sort by metric, search your dimensions, and/or export data.

In terms of navigating around your dashboard, starting at the very top, you can change the period of analysis to different ranges of time (see #3), either by selecting from a pre-defined period (such as last week) or choosing a custom date range. Then, next to the time selector, you can set comparisons to analyze the prior period and/or to compare dimensions. Underneath the time selector, you'll also be able to find your filter bar (see #4) where you can add filters for metrics (e.g. all campaigns with more than 1000 impressions) or for dimensions (e.g. campaign_name = Instacart). Furthermore, if you prefer a more interactive exploration experience, you can directly filter the data in your dashboard by clicking any row in one of the right-side leaderboard charts, including drilling down to a specific leaderboard (where you can then toggle between include/exclude as filter options).

Search for individual attributes

After drilling into a leaderboard (or what we sometimes refer to as a toplist chart), rather than scrolling and finding an individual attribute (especially if the list is very long), you can also quickly search for a value and select / apply it to your dashboard by using the upper-right search box.

Using the search box within a leaderboard

Finally, you can also customize the default view of your dashboard (see #5 above) to a predefined set of metrics, dimensions, and filters using our saved view functionality - otherwise known in Rill as bookmarks. Bookmarks allow you as an end user to quickly save and return to your mostly commonly used dashboard applied states - keeping one overall dashboard that's shared with others but saving your most common analyses as needed. You can also share a dashboard with others by clicking on the Share button to send a direct link to any analysis.

Don't have a Rill project or dashboard deployed yet?

If you want to get hands on and see what interacting with a Rill dashboard feels like, we have a set of demo projects already deployed on Rill Cloud and publicly available for everyone to try out. These same projects are also available on Github and can be deployed locally using Rill Developer.

This is just the beginning and a quick basic 101 overview of interacting with any Rill dashboard!

For more details about additional capabilities and/or how to utilize more advanced functionality within Rill dashboards, please see the reference section.